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Garmin-Sharp takes control on Stage 3! Around the midpoint of the stage, eventual stage winner and all-rounder Tom Danielson emerged in a breakaway with teammate David Zabriskie. With Zabriskie's help for part of the way, Danielson emerged over the summit of Independence Pass on his own about 2 and a half minutes ahead of the chase group, which contained then-race leader Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing). Without any teammates left to aid in the chase, van Garderen took the reins and worked hard to bring Danielson back. In the final kilometers the other remaining teams in the lead chase group realized the possibility of victory and took over the chase. Danielson hung on by a mere 2 seconds for the win and teammate Christian Vande Velde took over the race lead.
|1||Thomas Danielson Garmin - Sharp||5:02:06|
|2||Damiano Caruso Liquigas-Cannondale||0:00:02|
|3||Jakob Fuglsang RadioShack-Nissan||0:00:02|
Huge stage today for Jani. His Peak Power values are all over the map today, occuring on both the massive Cottonwood and Independence Pass climbs as well as Peak 20 second Power of 512W (7.9w/kg) hammering at the finish line to try to catch Danielson with the rest of the chase group! His efforts paid off as he came in 5th only 2 seconds behind Danielson. Click the blue arrow to see stage data.
Euser got up to the top of Independence Pass in 1:57, averaging 22 mph. A trained, recreational cyclist (such as say, our CEO Gear Fisher, who kindly provided us a similar file) who rides 10-15 hours a week would likely average about 10 mph on this climb. By the time Euser got to the top of the climb, our recreational cyclist would be less than halfway up! Click the blue arrow to see stage data.
Duggan wrote of his Queen Stage ride, "Felt really good until last km of Independence. Was kinda hurtin' there and came off the front a bit, but [came] back on on the descent." Click the blue arrow to see stage data.